The 17th edition of Intersec, taking place over three days at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, was opened by Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum (photo).
Supported by the Dubai Police, the Dubai Civil Defense, and the Dubai Police Academy, Intersec showcases more than 2,000 brands across 48,000 sq m of exhibition space - a 10% increase over the previous edition in 2013.
With 300 debut exhibitors and the world’s top 10 commercial security companies taking part, Intersec 2015 will be the global launch-pad of new products and services across the show’s five core sections of Commercial Security; Fire & Rescue; Homeland Security & Policing; Safety & Health; and Information Security.
The 27% year-on-year increase of UAE exhibitors means that 227 locally-based companies are also out to gain further traction in a global security equipment market that is estimated to be worth $116 billion by 2016, organizers said.
US-based FLIR Systems is among the world’s top 10 commercial security companies launching innovative systems at Intersec, with live demonstrations of its K55 thermal imaging camera that helps firefighters see while working through smoky and hazy environments.
Bosch Security Systems, the world’s second largest commercial security provider, is also presenting its latest video surveillance, fire detection, and intrusion detection systems.
While the global security market continues to grow by 5.5% annually, demand in the Middle East is estimated to be much higher as regional governments spend heavily on surveillance systems to protect against threats of crime, smuggling and illegal immigration.
This is expected to push up the sales of network surveillance systems by 89% by 2016, according to global analysts Frost & Sullivan.
Eyeing this lucrative market, international players including Panasonic, Dahua, Sony, Grundig Security, and Samsung Techwin, are among those presenting video surveillance systems with a focus on 4K imaging technology – ultra-high definition video with over 8 million pixels, or 4 times the resolution of high definition video.
The strong international flavor at Intersec 2015 is reinforced by the largest ever presence of German exhibitors taking part, including 71 pavilion exhibitors and 16 standalone exhibitors – 37% more than in 2014.
Other country pavilions include those from the UK, USA, Canada, China, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Korea, Pakistan, Singapore, Taiwan, and the UAE.
Featuring for the first time at Intersec is the General Police Equipment Exhibition & Conference (GPEC) Pavilion adding weight to the Homeland Security & Policing section. Meanwhile, the Dubai SME Pavilion returns, putting the spotlight on locally-owned and operated small businesses.
The Techtextil Pavilion is also back with a range of the latest in non-woven safety wear and protective clothing, while more than 35 speakers make up a varied conference program that spans 40 power packed sessions covering Fire Safety, Commercial Security, Occupational Safety, and Safety in Design Buildings.